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Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installing the company's Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) telecommunications system on a GIV bizjet enabling an "ultra-high-speed Internet connection" during flight. The system uses an ARINC-developed "backbone" with data speeds of up to 3.5 megabytes per second. Gulfstream said the dedicated satellite-based system can also tie directly into an existing Voice-Over Internet Protocol telephone network. Gulfstream said it expected FAA approval to install the system on G550, G500 and GV aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2004, while G450 and G350 operators will have to wait until the first quarter of next year; it will be approved for non-Gulfstream airframes in the second quarter of 2005, pending FCC approval. The system uses a dish antenna mounted in the tail, an antenna control unit, a transceiver router and Gulfstream’s exclusive server.